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2011 Trainers' Show Nets $95,000



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association held their annual Fun Show meeting on May 25, 2011, in Shelbyville. Attendance was light at the meeting but spirits are high after the association learned of their success at the National Trainers’ Show.

The National Trainers’ Show, held in March at the Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn., netted the association $94,992.30.  More impressive than the total profit is that only just over $3,200 is left outstanding. The WHTA changed to a three-day format in 2011 and reduced the show by 22 classes. They also changed to a jackpot payout based on 90% of the entry revenue from each class. Ten percent of the total entry revenue went to the WHTA.

The total revenue from the show was $132,768.18.  Sponsorships accounted for $61,861.68 of the revenue while ticket sales were $26,683. Entry revenue was $20,585. In the expense column, the total expense was $41,063.65, largest expense being the Hall of Fame Club at $7,106.13. Awards accounted for $5,374.83 of the expense and the grooms’ luncheon was $5,368.20.

In other news, the WHTA will continue with its annual convention at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott in conjunction with the TWHBEA through 2012.  The 2012 Trainers’ Show will either be held in White Pine, Tenn., or continue in Shelbyville at the Calsonic Arena. The availability of dates in White Pine are an issue, however, the WHTA is trying to work additional dates with White Pine to see if they are a viable destination. A decision will be made in the coming months.

 

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